976,003 Children to be Vaccinated against Poliomyelitis in Abuja

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The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has revealed that no fewer than 976,003 eligible children would be immunized with potent oral polio vaccine in the First Round of the 2020 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

She made this known during the flag off ceremony of 2020 National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) at Dutse Makaranta in Bwari Area Council.

She said that the exercise was part of the administration strategies aimed at vaccinating children against poliomyelitis.  

Aliyu also added that Nigeria, would achieve the Africa regional certification as a polio free nation in the next few months, adding that the FCT, which has been polio free for over six years, should not be seen as creating an environment for the transmission of the wild polo virus in the country.  

The Minister assured that the FCT Administration is committed to this course and has ensured adequate support to the programme so that good quality implementation of the exercise is carried out in the FCT, adding that in the last National Immunization Plus Days, FCT had a monitoring coverage of 97 percent which was above the minimum acceptable 90 percent coverage.

Aliyu said:  “As you are aware, Nigeria, in the next few months would achieve the Africa regional certification as a polio free nation and the FCT, which has been polio free for over six years, should not be seen as creating an environment for the transmission of the wild polo virus in the country.  

“FCT is expected to immunize 976,003 eligible children with potent Oral Polio vaccine using 1,631 teams. I therefore wish to reassure you that the FCT Administration is committed to this course and has ensured adequate support to the program so that good quality Implementation of the exercise is carried out in the FCT”, she said.  

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